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[CPAP] New to CPAP - Where Do I Start?
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(12-17-2012, 04:20 PM)USKiwi Wrote: Thanks Thank you for all your replies. I got the call from the DME this afternoon and I blasted them with questions. I have an appointment for next week at their office. I found out my insurance covers 100%. I looked on the DME website and they do have the machines you have all recommended and the customer service rep says I have the choice of machine and equipment up to $1500 covered by insurance and any more I pay myself. Now its time to do research Coffee

It's very likely they're trying to screw you.

Normally, if the DME is "in network," they're required to provide you a CPAP machine at a fixed price and CANNOT charge you more no matter what machine they dispense, per their contract with the insurance company. However, they do not have to give you a machine better than the minimum machine required to fill your prescription.

Some insurance companies do it differently.

Find out from your insurance which local DMEs are "in network" for your insurance. You get to choose the DME, not your doctor. If DME #1 won't give you a good machine, call DME #2 and let them know you're shopping around.

Read all the stuff here: http://maskarrayed.wordpress.com/what-yo...me-part-i/
and
http://maskarrayed.wordpress.com

If it's midnight and a DME tells you it's dark outside, go check for yourself.
Get the free SleepyHead software here.
Useful links.
Click here for information on the main alternative to CPAP.
If it's midnight and a DME tells you it's dark outside, go and check it yourself.
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(12-19-2012, 06:58 PM)archangle Wrote: It's very likely they're trying to screw you.

C'mon. Up to $1500 for a CPAP! That sounds like a sweet deal to me. Unless, that is, they are marking their prices WAY up.
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(12-19-2012, 07:29 PM)Sleepster Wrote:
(12-19-2012, 06:58 PM)archangle Wrote: It's very likely they're trying to screw you.

C'mon. Up to $1500 for a CPAP! That sounds like a sweet deal to me. Unless, that is, they are marking their prices WAY up.
USKiwi wrote: I have the choice of machine and equipment up to $1500 covered by insurance and any more I pay myself
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(12-19-2012, 07:29 PM)Sleepster Wrote:
(12-19-2012, 06:58 PM)archangle Wrote: It's very likely they're trying to screw you.

C'mon. Up to $1500 for a CPAP! That sounds like a sweet deal to me. Unless, that is, they are marking their prices WAY up.

Lots of DMEs charge a lot more than $1500 for a CPAP. Especially their "fantasy" billing price before insurance knocks it down to a negotiated price.

Then 2x the online price for the humidifier and mask.
Get the free SleepyHead software here.
Useful links.
Click here for information on the main alternative to CPAP.
If it's midnight and a DME tells you it's dark outside, go and check it yourself.
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Happy New Year. I got my CPAP machine. I have the ResMed S9 Elite. I'm still getting used to it. Last night was the first night that I didn't have problems falling asleep.
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(01-02-2013, 10:13 AM)USKiwi Wrote: Happy New Year. I got my CPAP machine. I have the ResMed S9 Elite.

Congrats! Make sure you enter your new machine info in your profile, click HERE to update, then make sure and hit "Update Profile" at the bottom of the screen.

After a few days, let us know how you like the S9 Elite!

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